Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer's Early Arrival

It's not even official yet, but the mercury has sure said, "Summer" the past few days.

The shade thermometer at 4:30 PM, today.

We have two window AC units to keep us comfy and while we know our cats are also not fans of the heat, for some reason, they prefer to stretch out on the floor in the warmer parts of the house.

Taz being silly

We had rain just one day before the heat wave so the garden is handling the heat better than the humans, or the cats. And now I'll prove it. 

I found this little Blue Pimpernel at a variety store for cheap and decided I needed to have it. It just started blooming.

Blue Pimpernel Anagallis monellii

Another little flower, Talinum calycinum just started blooming. I had it in a bed last year but it got smothered by its neighbors so I dug up all the seedlings (it reseeds beautifully) and planted them in a pot. The flowers are no bigger than a half inch in diameter, but so pretty!

Talinum calycinum

It's easy to see the male and female flower parts. No wonder they reseed so well.

This 'Double Delight' rose bush has been struggling for years under the shade of neighboring trees. I think maybe it has adapted to the low light because this is the second blossom this year. Not a bumper crop by any means but I'll take what I can get.

The uber fragrant, Rosa 'Double Delight'

While nursery hopping with my garden buddy Heather last week, I couldn't pass up getting two pots of bargain-priced hardy orchids (Bletilla ochracea). Aren't those the cutest faces?

Bletilla ochracea

I was also unable to resist two pots of Lewis Monkeyflower I recently spied. It's been on my wish list forever. I love that flower.

Lewis Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii) going "ahh!"

Astrantia maxima

Cool pink flowers on Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock'

 I sowed Salvia viscosa seed in early 2015. One plant made it. And now it's blooming! 

Salvia viscosa

I'm happy that all of my little Chinese Foxglove survived.

Chinese Foxglove Rehmannia elata

The annual Rhodochiton is blooming like crazy!

Rhodochiton 'Purple Bells'

Rosa 'Lyda' survived its transplant last year.

Japanese Iris Iris ensata 'Variegata'

The first bloom on Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama' with lots more to come

Alstroemeria 'Tri-Color'

Brachyscome 'Magenta Bliss' with variegated Ivy

Rosa glauca

Rosa glauca

Clematis viticella 'Confetti'

My night-blooming phlox is doing great this year. 

Here is super sweetly fragrant Night-Blooming Phlox after 4 PM
(Zaluziankya capensis 'Midnight Candy')

And here it is before 4 PM.

And now presenting a 


Here is an area right by the covered patio that was terribly overgrown and messy. I had mistakenly planted my (huge) Indigofera heterantha here. Then to add insult to injury, I underplanted the area with a spreading Japanese anemone and ... (wait for it) Bishop's Weed. Yes. That was almost twenty years ago. I was dumb. There was also a hardy fuchsia squeezed in there. 


In February I started digging on the dormant Indigofera and with much determination I was able to get it out of the ground and relocated to a spot where it can stretch out. The Japanese Anemones and Bishop's Weed are an ongoing chore. The hardy fuchsia wasn't nearly as difficult to relocate.


The focal point of the area is a comparatively compact and well-behaved 'Ruby Slippers' Hydrangea quercifolia with a few smaller edging plants.   

Here's a look from the patio. The gravel channel is for rainwater run-off from the patio roof,

And another vantage point, to the right of the area, looking out into part of the garden.

I'll probably add a few more ground covers to the area but first I want to make sure there aren't any more Japanese anemone or Bishop's Weed roots threatening to come back. 

And finally, some wide shots.

The Mock Orange, Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' in the background.
Wow did the warm temperatures bring out its fragrance. 

You can see the aforementioned redux in the very back of this photo.
The little Thyme carpet is getting ready to bloom.
The bees are going to be so happy.

These Dianthus are not terribly thrilled with getting so much shade from the tree above them.
I might have to do some relocating this fall.

It's getting a little chaotic.

Rosa 'William Baffin' and boy have those Boxwood balls really grown!

The glorious Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon'
Not the best photo, unfortunately.


The resident spotted towhees have abandoned not one but two nests so far this year.
This one had eggs.

Thanks for visiting, everyone. Enjoy your gardens.


  1. You grow such cool plants! I don't know which I enjoy more, seeing close-ups of your charmers or the long shots of your amazing garden.

  2. As always, another delightful and beauty filled post. You have such a wonderful array of bloomers and foliage. It is always a joy to visit and for you it must be just wonderful to take walks around your lovely gardens.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  3. Your temps are a little too high for me at the moment. Surprised your flowers look so good. I see some goodies I like to try but my garden is in the before stage thanks to my dogs.

  4. Your garden is looking glorious. We all made dumb mistakes when we were starting out gardening. Some of us, like me, even made them more recently. It's a gardener's prerogative to overstuff a bed.

  5. Although we got touched by SoCal's heatwave last week, even our temperature was lower than yours. I hope cooler days are in store for you (and the cats, of course). Your garden looks stuffed to the gills but glorious! I was entranced by the Rhodochiton, delighted to see that it was available by mail order, then crushed to read that it needs "average water" - any remotely thirsty plant is off my list this year.

  6. Yikes! That's hot. Sounds like it's headed to the Midwest this weekend. Your garden looks great in spite of the heat.

  7. Grace, in your garden, I feel myself like a little girl, since there so many plants which are unknown to me!
    As for your dumb mistake, I have a number of them (for example, three ground covers in one place plus native bleeding heart which also spreads)... Well, it's a good brain exercise - to figure out what to do with such mistakes!
    All in all, your garden is a wonderland!

  8. Hello Gracie girl !
    You have the most amazing plants for which I drool over girl .. BIG sigh
    Blue Pimpernel has to be the most true blue I have seen in a flower .. no wonder you had to have it !
    Even if it is a tiny flower the Talinum calycinum is gorgeous and so you with the pinkness .. haha
    Hardy orchid .. I wish ! .. it is so pretty .. so exotic ... drool !
    Monkey flower ... the name alone makes me chuckle but it is a pretty in pink one for sure.
    I lost my rodgersia .. but I think I will try again next year because I love the dark foliage of the Cherry Blush (I think that was the one I had .. go figure)
    The Chinese foxglove is eye candy ... I really like that one !
    OK .. is it just me or is that Rhodochiton looking a little naughty ?
    I could go on and on .. suffice to say I love all the long shots of the gardens and wish I could see it in person.
    Garden On girl !

  9. You have so many plants that I adore! The rodgersia is a favorite that I've never been quite successful with but so worth trying over and over. Have they changed its botanical name?

  10. I just never know what I'll find when I come see your blog. Well, I know I'll see pink, but otherwise, it's always a treat to see what kind of unique flowers you have this time! Summer heat is here too, but not rain to temper it. Already tired of the garden hose rodeo!


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